Top title for Lincolnshire’s Tom at Annual General Meeting
Tom Wells couldn't hide his shock after being declared the 2016 Senior Member of the Year at the NFYFC's 84th Annual General Meeting. Tom, 26 and from Brigg YFC in Lincolnshire, fended off some incredibly strong competition to collect the much-coveted award, sponsored by Tama, which recognises the inspirational work that NFYFC members do. Tom is vice-chair of Lincolnshire FYFC and is a representative on the NFYFC's AGRI Steering Group.
"It's so surreal. It's a complete dream come true. To hear my name announced is just unbelievable. There was some really tough competition. It's just amazing. I'm looking forward to celebrating with friends from my club tonight!
"The questions were quite probing and difficult, because they were meant to put you on the spot. I was asked what the core of Young Farmers is and what I would day to change the image of Young Farmers. There was a lot covered, but I felt confident in what I said. I want to get continue to do what I'm doing which is being an ambassdor for Young Farmers. I want to get around as many places as I can. I want to spread the message of Young Farmers and talk about all of the good work that we do with raising money for charity and all of the competitions that we do."
Tom gave this advice to members aspiring to similar achievements: "Go for it. Make sure you answer the questions and not just get across what you want to say. Sell yourself and what you have done. It's sometimes difficult to brag about yourself, but just go for it."
Democracy at it's finest!
The 84th NFYFC Annual General Meeting was once again a fantastic show of democracy and passion for Young Farmers - particularly when it came to discussing the proposed increase in the national levy. The motion, which proposed increasing the national levy by 3% (the equivalent of 46p per member), was proposed by Sam Dilcock of Yorkshire YFC and seconded by Freddie Horwood of Somerset YFC.
However, Matthew Jones of Shropshire YFC felt NFYFC needed to be held to account and ensure that members were getting value for money. "The NFYFC is currently out of touch with what the members want" said Matthew. "They are spending money on things that the grassroot members don't necessarily want or need. Let's vote for change and get the NFYFC to show what the members want!"
Matthew's empassioned speech was met with an equally passionate response from Sam Dilcock: "Yorkshire YFC went to the top table to demand what was happening with the accounts. The deficit was over £250,000. We dug our heels in and demanded answers, and that's what we got. If we keep denying NFYFC what it needs to function, none of us will be here."
The motion was carried with a majority vote and saw Freddie Horwood win the Sidney Fawcett trophy, for outstanding contribution to an AGM.
In other developments from the meeting:
- Poul Christensen was re-elected as NFYFC's President for 2016/17
- Robert Blezard, events manager of Annual Convention, was voted in as a Life Vice President
- Derbyshire YFC won the NFU trophy as the county competition champions for 2015.
The AGM will be available to listen to in due course.